Most of the time the area of west Fitzrovia experiences relatively light traffic - one of its attractions in such a central London area. This is delivered at least in part by the one way systems throughout the wider Fitzrovia area that are designed to discourage through traffic.
Unfortunately this also reduces the permeability for cycling, despite many of the streets being ideal quiet roads within central London. However, when queuing occurs on Euston Road (A501), Warren Street is used as an alternative route. This project focuses on the area bounded by Euston Road, Tottenham Court Road, Cleveland Street and Percy Street, aiming to improve walking and cycling to the surrounding areas and creating safer, more attractive streets for the residents, workers and visitors in the area. A map of the project area and proposal locations is attached.
What are the main issues?
· Lack of north-south and east-west routes for cyclists through the area
· Traffic speeding in some areas which makes streets intimidating for pedestrians and cyclists
· Traffic signals prevent cycle contra-flow routes
· Poor quality and narrow footways in some busy areas
· Lack of cycle parking, cycle hire and car club bays
What has happened so far?
Camden has been working with stakeholder groups to identify some of the problems in the area.
This included a drop in session at the Fitzrovia Neighbourhood Centre in September 2011 giving local residents and businesses the opportunity to put forward their ideas.
Why We Are Consulting
Camden Council has been working with the local community towards improving the streets across the Fitzrovia area west of Tottenham Court Road. Together we have identified areas where the streets could be safer and better for everyone.
Camden Council has developed a number of proposals to address the identified issues. The attached document sets out these proposals and how they will affect the area. As a local resident, businessor group, this is your opportunity to let us know what you think.
What Happens Next
The Council will use responses to the attached document to identify the most popular proposals for the area. Depending upon cabinet member approval, these proposals will be implemented from January 2012 and continue over the next two years to help improve the area. The funding for this has been secured from Transport for London.